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Athens mother & son charged with forging nearly $48,000

ATHENS, TN (WRCB) - An Athens Realty company secretary is fired after investigators say she forged nearly $50,000 in stolen checks. Police say the woman teamed up with her son to pocket the cash from banks across the area.

"She said she just had trust in her employee, and she didn't notice it because she trusted her," said Athens Police Detective Josh Rhodes.

Rhodes said that when the owner of Athens Realty first went to police, she thought she had just a handful of checks missing.

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UPDATE: Man arrested after restaurant bathroom attack

Athens Police said authorities arrested a man Monday evening who robbed and beat another man in the bathroom of a local restaurant.

According to the incident report, police were called to the Subway on South White Street in Athens on Monday because of a fight. They found Gabriel Davis with serious injuries behind the building.

Athens City Schools closed Friday due to illness

Athens City Schools are starting Christmas break a day earlier this year.

School officials canceled Friday's classes due to illness. Administrators said a number of students and teachers have flu-like symptoms and other illnesses.

Friday was supposed to be the system's last day before Christmas break, but its last day of school this year was Thursday.

Last week, Alcoa City Schools closed because of illness.

Women plead guilty to stealing cash, checks from mail

Two Monroe County women have admitted to stealing other people's mail.

According to the US Attorney's Office, Sarah Jane Duncan, 38, of Vonore, and Amber Dawn Thomas, 33, also of Vonore, pleaded guilty on December 2 to theft of mail and possessing the identification of another without lawful authority. They could face up to six months in prison and a $250,000 fine when sentenced in April.

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Driver burned beyond recognition in McMinn Co. crash

Officials said they're working to identify a driver killed in a fiery crash in McMinn County late Sunday night.

State troopers said the driver lost control while turning left on Old Mecca Pike in Etowah, slid off the road, hit two trees, and caught on fire.

Authorities said by the time troopers arrived at the scene shortly before 11 a.m., the car was fully engulfed.

Jones appointed Monroe Co. Sheriff

Monroe Co. Commissioners to select interim sheriff

The Monroe County Commission is expected to appoint an interim sheriff Tuesday night, after several months of wrangling over should be the county's top cop.

Randy White beat out incumbent Bill Bivens in the August election by about 700 votes, despite a ruling by the POST Commission that he didn't have enough hours to qualify for the position.